17 days in Africa Itinerary

17 days in Africa Itinerary

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17 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Vancouver, Canada
Fly:  17 h 15 min
1
Marrakech, Morocco
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Ad Dakhla, Morocco
— 1 night
Fly:  9 h
3
Algiers, Algeria
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
4
Djerba Island, Tunisia
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h
5
Tripoli, Libya
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
6
Cairo, Egypt
— 3 nights
Fly:  18 h 45 min
End: Vancouver, Canada

3
nights
Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech ©
You won't run out of things to do in Marrakech, a city where you can spend days exploring grandiose palaces and mosques, photogenic gardens, sacred tombs, and traditional mansions that evoke a bygone era.
Marrakech is known for shopping, parks, historic sites, spas, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Jardin Majorelle, stroll through Menara Gardens and Pavilion, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and stroll the grounds of Saadian Tombs.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Marrakech trip itinerary tool .

Vancouver, Canada to Marrakech is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Vancouver to Marrakech is 8 hours. When traveling from Vancouver in March, plan for warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Marrakech: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ad Dakhla.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Jemaa el-Fna
Jemaa el-Fna
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Ad Dakhla, Morocco

Ad Dakhla ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque Assona and then step off the mainland to explore L'ile Herne.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Ad Dakhla trip builder website .

You can fly from Marrakech to Ad Dakhla in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Marrakech in March, expect a bit warmer with lows of 18°C in Ad Dakhla. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Algiers.

Things to do in Ad Dakhla

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Mosque Assona ©
Mosque Assona

2
nights
Algiers, Algeria

Algiers ©
Overlooking a scenic bay, the Mediterranean port city of Algiers enthralls visitors with its imposing skyline, a blend of French colonial buildings, run-down high-rises, and whitewashed Islamic architecture nestled on the hillside.
Step out of Algiers with an excursion to Mausolee de Sidi Elkebir in Blida--about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Tassili N'Ajjer National Park, see the interesting displays at Musee Public National de l'Enluminure, de la Miniature et de la Calligraphie, explore the world behind art at National Museum of Fine Arts of Algiers, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre Dame d'Afrique.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Algiers route tool .

You can fly from Ad Dakhla to Algiers in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Western European Time (WET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Algiers when traveling from Ad Dakhla in March, with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Djerba Island.

Things to do in Algiers

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tassili N'Ajjer National Park, Mausolee de Sidi Elkebir
Highlights from your plan
Tassili N'Ajjer National Park ©
Tassili N'Ajjer National Park
Basilique Notre Dame d'Afrique ©
Basilique Notre Dame d'Afrique
Musee National du Bardo ©
Musee National du Bardo

2
nights
Djerba Island, Tunisia

Djerba Island ©
Explore pristine beaches and charming villages on a vacation on Djerba Island, a small island in the Gulf of Gabes known for its Berber population.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of El Ghriba Synagogue, make a trip to Ksar ben Ayed, then explore by horseback at Ranch Yassmina Djerba La Douce, then make a trip to Dar Jilani La maison des Arts & Metiers, and finally pause for some photo ops at Sidi Yati Mosque. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Fine Art Gallery, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Djerba Explore Park, then don't miss a visit to Djerbahood, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Djerba Island travel planning tool .

You can fly from Algiers to Djerba Island in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, car, train, and taxi. Traveling from Algiers in March, Djerba Island is a bit warmer at night with lows of 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Tripoli.

Things to do in Djerba Island

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Ranch Yassmina Djerba La Douce ©
Ranch Yassmina Djerba La Douce
El Ghriba Synagogue ©
El Ghriba Synagogue
Sidi Yati Mosque ©
Sidi Yati Mosque

2
nights
Tripoli, Libya

Tripoli ©
The "Mermaid of the Mediterranean," Libyan capital Tripoli exudes a mix of Mediterranean charm and Arabic-Islamic cultural sensibility.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): don't miss a visit to The Arch of Marcus Aurelius, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurgi Mosque, step into the grandiose world of Tripoli's Red Castle (Assai al-Hamra), then explore the ancient world of Nalut ruins, then explore the fascinating landscape at Libyan Sahara, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Al-Majidya Mosque. Here are some ideas for day two: shop like a local with Fish Market, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sidi Abdul Wahab Mosque, then make a trip to Street Murals, and finally browse the exhibits of Tripoli's Jamahiriya Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tripoli road trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Djerba Island to Tripoli takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Djerba Island to Tripoli. March in Tripoli sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Tripoli

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Nalut ruins
Highlights from your plan
Tripoli's Red Castle (Assai al-Hamra) ©
Gurgi Mosque ©
Gurgi Mosque
Nalut ruins ©
Nalut ruins

3
nights
Cairo, Egypt

Cairo ©
More than 20 million people call Cairo their home and, as soon as you set foot in the sprawling metropolis, it's evident they make it crowded and chaotic, but also exuberant and charming.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairo: Giza (Pyramids of Giza & Great Sphinx). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, shop like a local with Khan Al-Khalili, look for gifts at Nomad Gallery - Zamalek Main Branch, and admire the landmark architecture of Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary).

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairo road trip site .

You can fly from Tripoli to Cairo in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Tripoli in March, expect nights in Cairo to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 29°C. On the 21st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Giza
Highlights from your plan
Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities ©
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids

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